St. Michael-Eppan

Sanct Valentin Sauvignon – 2016

Region: Italy - Alto Adige

St. Michael-Eppan

The innovative winery situated along the Wine Route, is considered one of the best wineries in South Tyrol and Italy. St. Michael Eppan Winery, with its 355 members, 350 hectares of vineyard and 2.5 million bottles sold every year, has become renowned worldwide. The “Sanct Valentin“ label alone is enough to thrill wine lovers and connoisseurs.

Grapes / Soils

Sauvignon Blanc Planted 1989 – 2005 Limestone gravel

The Wine

Vineyard Profile

The foundation was first laid in 1989 for what is arguably the most famous white wine produced by St. Michael-Eppan Winery.  The Sanct Valentin Sauvignon has found excellent conditions at the foot of the Mendel Massif in selected vineyards that have been carefully chosen over the course of the last 20 years, in order to produce a great vintage wine with impressive fruit, minerality and excellent persistence.  This fine wine is not only the pride of the winery today and the most important wine of the Sanct Valentine line, but also one of Italy’s most award-winning white wines.

  • Sites:  Selected vineyards in St. Michael and Eppan/Berg
  • Exposure:  Southeast
  • Soil:  Limestone gravel
  • Training system:  Guyot
  • Yield:  45 hl/ha
Harvest Notes
  • Harvest:  From end of September to early October, harvest and selection of grapes by hand
  • Vinification:  The majority (90%) is fermented in steel tanks, inside which the wine is aged on the lees until the end of April.  The remainder is fermented and aged in wood.


Winemaker's Notes
  • Color:  Yellow-green
  • Nose:  Dense nose of yellow fruit, gooseberry, elderflower and ripe redcurrant
  • Taste:  Crisp acidity, smooth body and an elegant fullness
  • Serving temperature:  8 to 10 degrees
  • Pairing Recommendations:  An exquisite accompaniment to exclusive parties and special occasions, it pairs well with fried fish such as ocean perch, sole or char on pepper cream or with full-flavored vegetable risotto.
  • Storage Potential:  8 to 10 year or more
Wine Summary
  • Made from Sauvignon Blanc grapes.
  • Vine age – planted 1987-2005.
  • Grown on soils of limestone gravel.
  • Fermented in 90% steel tanks, 10% in wood.
  • Aged in 90% steel tanks on the lees, 10% wood.
  • Aged for the months of October to April.
Technical Information
  • Variety:  Sauvignon
  • Alcohol Content:  14.5%
  • Acidity:  5.8 g/L


92 Points

Crisp and tonic, the 2016 Alto Adige Sauvignon Sanct Valentin is extra zesty and fresh on the inside.  The wine opens to a clear and luminous appearance and it segues to the nose, with bright aromas of passion fruit, citrus, bitter almond and chopped mint.  This wine stands firmly on its own two feet in terms of the clarity and intensity of its aromas.  If you love Sauvignon Blanc, this is a pure and exuberant expression of the fragrant grape.  Drink 2017-2020.

© Wine Advocate, July, 2017

General Info

Country Italy
Region Alto Adige
Appellation(s) Alto Adige
Proprietors 350 growers
Founded 1907
Winemaker Hans Terzer
Annual Production 40,000 9L cases
Farming (Sustainable, organic, biodynamic) Sustainable, organic, biodynamic